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P.K. Subban now comes in cake form thanks to Quebec pastry chef

Lawrence Vourtzoumis paid tribute to Predators defenseman with giant confection

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Who's the tasty-looking fellow perched on the edge of that edible Stanley Cup? Just call him P. Cake Subban.

The delectible tribute to Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Lord Stanley's Cup is the work of Lawrence Vourtzoumis, a lifelong resident of Laval and big Montreal Canadiens fan.

He wanted to honor the All-Star, who spent the first six seasons of his career in Montreal, and did so the best way he knew how: A two-foot high cake.

 

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The hefty creation features a miniature version of Subban, complete with a scarf that says "Smashville" on it.

"I just wanted to honor his success in Nashville right now," Vourtzoumis told NHL.com. "So I took on a little project, and I said why not create a Stanley Cup and P.K.-incorporate it?"

Vourtzoumis, 22, is a pastry chef who has been baking since he was 15 years old. He had previously created Canadiens-themed cakes, mostly for birthday parties, but decided to go big for the Subban cake.

He flew solo creating the cake, which took about a week to complete, and called it one of the two toughest he's ever made. The other was a life-sized wedding cake of R2-D2, the droid from the "Star Wars" series.

"Every night was six, seven hours of baking, putting the cake together with the cream and letting it rest, then stacking it and putting the support for it," Vourtzoumis said. "Then once you put it together it is just the small details."

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His inspiration came from a photo of a fedora-clad Subban holding a scarf that says "Smashville" over his head from shortly after he was traded by the Canadiens to Nashville for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29. 

"It was shocking; I don't think anybody expected that," Vourtzoumis said of the blockbuster trade. "He was a great player. He did so many things for the community. He was loved by the Montreal fans. I think a lot of people in the community were heartbroken. Not only was a he a great player here, but he was involved with his fans and again the community of Montreal."

Subban helped the Canadiens reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2014, and he made a $10 million donation pledge to Montreal Children's Hospital in 2015.

Vourtzoumis used 70 eggs, about 9 pounds of flour, 6.5 pounds of sugar, and 22 pounds of fondant icing. The lower tier of the Cup can serve between 100-150 people.

"It's still very fresh," Vourtzoumis said. "I might serve it up and have a little party, but I haven't come to the conclusion yet of what I'm going to do with it exactly."

Word of Vourtzoumis' creation spread, thanks largely to a feature on Breakfast Television in Montreal on Friday. Vourtzoumis told the show he'd make a life-sized cake of the 6-foot defenseman if the Predators win the Stanley Cup, which he backed up again before Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

"If they could win the Cup, I'd love to take on the project," Vourtzoumis said. "I'd definitely get some more manpower because it's a crazy project that would be fun. Definitely, I would love to do it."

Vourtzoumis still roots for the Canadiens, but in his mind the confections are displays of support for a worthy individual.

"There's nothing more satisfying than putting your support to someone who deserves it," Vourtzoumis said. "I mean, I loved P.K. in Montreal, so why not support him all the way to Nashville?"

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